Friday saw a UK-bound Jet2 aircraft make an emergency landing in Portugal due to mechanical problems.

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Friday saw a UK-bound Jet2 aircraft make an emergency landing in Portugal due to mechanical problems.

Reports said on Thursday that shortly after taking off from Faro that pilots aboard operating the jet were alerted of a malfunction with the aircraft’s flap systems, forcing them to u-turn to the Portuguese holiday airport. However, the plane first had to circle the airport for more than an hour to burn off fuel prior to its safe return.

Officials from the budget carrier said that the Scotland-bound aircraft had some 140 people onboard and that local fire crews and emergency workers were on standby for the arrival of the malfunctioning jet. Passengers affected by the incident were accommodated on a later flight to Edinburgh via a replacement aircraft, according to a Jet2 spokesman; the flight arrived in Scotland at around 0120 BST. No injuries were reported.

The carrier said that the emergency landing was done as a precaution and that it was standard procedure to burn off fuel supply before making an emergency landing.

The news comes less than two weeks after the airline announced new flights between its Manchester hub and Manorca as well as to Corfu. Carrier officials said that the new routes would commence for the summer 2013 season and that one-way fares would start at £49.

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